I wanted to test my skills, just see I can make the ‘perfect’ graphic design of a Kanye West Yeezus Tour Jacket. I also wanted to see if people would show some love, sure enough they did on instagram! @drahuws
Restarting in not the problem. Its the motivation to be consistent, persistent and to finally achieve a goal no matter how long it takes. That the real problem, patience.
As i told you in my previous post, i’m restarting my artistic journey, but that doesn’t mean i have been dormant. I have been here for years, rocking my peers in my artist designs, connecting to people through brand collaborations and other avenues. So i have been present, but being present and present & focused in another thing.
So i began this “WEEK + #” art series on Instagram. Starting with the #1 so called King of Pop Culture.
I restarted an artistic, worry free and passionate journey that begun years ago. As I told you in my previous post, I took to heart and consumed the negative “words of advice” 😬 others gave me. I should have known that they were feeding me, poison.
I recently realized to hide or ignore ones’ talents and try to fit it into something else, is only possible when there is death-to-self. Death-to-self to me means death to the talents that God gave you, or what’s worst, “burying your talents”.
Have you ever read the story in the Bible of God giving 3 men talents and the 3rd man buries his talents instead of using them to Glorify God? Well, that 3rd guy didn’t have a happy ending.
I believe when you don’t use your talents to achieve your dreams and aspirations you become lost. Lost like a sleep in your career choices, relationships or whatever it maybe, you wonder. You change jobs a lot, then try to find a job (way out of your field) to help support your dream. It can help you reach your final destination, but what I learned is it makes the journey longer. I learned that it is more beneficial and helpful if you work with a company that helps your talents or that you can collaborate with. These are just my thoughts.
As stated earlier I restarted my journey by going back to my first ‘Windows’ of inspiration, fashion magazines. Fashion magazines, to me, are mini soap operas or dramas in print. I was inspired by this Chanel Cruise 2012 campaign (from one of my older magazines) to make a storyline that collaborates with my the artwork, the picture above is a sneak-peek of what I’m working on. Hopefully, you can start to ‘read’ through my art.
When looking for inspiration for a project or a talent that you scrapped a long time ago, go back to what made you fall in love with your talent/dream/project. What inspired you? What gave you that first thrill? Start from the beginning. Once you find that beginning or first love, I believe everything will then fall into place.
Life is funny! When you’re a kid you are told you can be anything you want to be. You wake up everyday believing it’s true and all your needs will be satisfied until you learn about this thing called money. Whatever you want to be, can it make you money? IS that a real job? Think of having several backup plans before you try and execute this dream.
Growing up I had so many passions, one being art. I being to several art schools and I have dozens of art portfolios, best of all I love creating art, but I couldn’t image how it could make me money, especially when a person close to me stated that this dream of being an artist is useless.
Then I went to school for fashion design, created a brand and I was able to share my artwork with the world, but then I ran out of money. The words of useless came back into my mind again and I couldn’t do anything else but go back to school.
Then I went to school for business marketing, finished and I seems like art is still pulling me. I have been able to open doors through my artwork, as well as open doors for others. Creating art I feel, happy, connected and spiritually rich, it seems like I’m living in a fantasy world until the bills start coming in.
I believe creating art and making connections through my art is my destiny, no matter how many times I try to run away from it. I guess it time for me to stick with that journey, run with it, and for once not worry about the money.